May 6, 1943
Jack Rowley, the brilliant goalscoring centre-forward and one of football’s most effective forwards definitely will lead Manchester United’s attack in the first “leg” of the Lancashire Senior Cup Final at Anfield on Saturday.
Rowley is the Wolverhampton lad who came into prominence as an outside left with Bournemouth from whom he was transferred to the United. At Old Trafford they converted Jack into an opportunist leader with twinkling feet and a sharp eye to the half chance.
It is fortunate for Liverpool that word has come through that Rist, the Charlton Athletic centre-half and Essex cricketer, has recovered from his injury, and will be able to face Rowley. If Rist plays Rowley as well as he played Dodds, Liverpool need have no fears.
Mr. Walter Crickmer, secretary-manager of the United, mentioned in a talk we had that they were quite confident of giving Liverpool their hardest test of the season. The United have two City stars in Eastwood, one of the up-and-coming centre-half-backs, and Robinson, the goalkeeper, at their disposal. Robinson is certain to play while Eastwood will appear if United’s own Vose cannot get away. In any case United will be well-served in the pivotal position.
Liverpool: Alf Hobson, Jack Westby, Harry Mather, Harry Kaye, Frank Rist, Jack Pilling, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Jack Balmer, Willie Fagan, Cyril Done, Michael Hulligan.
Manchester United: Jack Robinson, Jack Griffiths, William Roughton, Jack Warner, George Vose, Eric Eastwood, Bert Whalley, William Bryant, Johnny Morris, Jack Rowley, Stan Pearson, Alf Bellis.
(Evening Express: May 6, 1943)